Summary: Firstly getting this lens was a bit of a hassle. The lens was available at a very competitive price from Amazon, but the adaptor (also available at a VERY competitive price on Amazon) could not be posted to my address (reasons not understood). Australian suppliers could send me the adaptor at a not very competitive price but said the lens was no longer in production. I had to buy the adaptor from australia and the lens from Amazon.
Summary: The lens was made by the manufacturer for the camera. It is a perfect fit and works very nicely. Gee, I wonder why? Well it was made by the people that made the camera and it was made for the camera. I can get some very close photos with this lens without crowding the subject and blocking the light. Just gotta get used to how it works compared to macro mode. But it gets right in there and nice, sharp pics.
Summary: This was my 1st purchase, the lens showed the segments of the tile in my kitchen, which are impossible to see. Its 0.7X magnification is but would like the Raynox MSN 202 (5.5 X magnification) or MSN 505 (8.8 X magnification) which are much more powerful, for a similar price. The lens is full (heavy) and gives a sense of being very well built.
Summary: I have a clip on macro lens from Raynox, but wanted to check out the DMW-LC55 which is made for Panasonic cameras. The lens arrived soon after I placed the order, and so far has met my expectations. I do not use it at full zoom as I do not use a tripod; mostly I shoot detail close up shots of dragonflies or butterflies, and they do not lend themselves to tripod shots. If you have a Panasonic FZ camera this lens is worth considering.
Summary: Finally i got the lens. The review of the other reviewer is misleading. The magnifictication increase you can get is mind blowing. Instead of the closest shooting distance of 1.00m of the Panasonic FZ7's standard macro zoom position (432mm) you can now get as close as 33 cm with this lens. Have a look at my photo samples and you will understand was is going on. I did not buy the orignal (expensive) adapter for the FZ7 ....